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K-State Today

July 22, 2014



Early childhood development students present at research university in Hungary

By Jane P. Marshall

A group of students has returned from an early childhood education study tour to Hungary with Bronwyn Fees, associate professor and interim associate dean of the College of Human Ecology, and LuAnn Hoover, instructor in early childhood education.

In Budapest, students made presentations to faculty and students at Eötvös Loránd University, or ELTE, the largest a research university in Hungary, founded in 1635, that trains elementary and early childhood educators and therapists working with children with disabilities. The group visited preschool therapy sessions and worked directly with children and staff. Students studied practices in several community-based programs for children with autism and related spectrum disorders.

The School of Family Studies and Human Services group also toured Kodaly Institute for music education and Pikler Institute, an internationally recognized pedagogy for infant/toddler development. Among other stops were Margret Island, The UNESCO Heritage Site of Hollókő , U.S. Embassy, and the Terror Háza.